This mail assumes that I will have a chat room for us by the end of August. I
will e-mail separately about dates and time we might agree on. I will get
back to you on that after August 15.
The next book on the list for discussion will be "Island of Ghosts" by
Gillian Bradshaw, in two installments. For more information see
The following is an SOS that I just sent to the AOL chat group members and
now also to you:
<<The big question is what to read next. I can find only two books on the
Fiction: "Julian" by Gore Vidal. For more see:
(There is another book by Gillian Bradshaw: "Imperial Purple", but I need to
check it out, I was rather disappointed by "Beacon of Alexandria", which to
me read like a "young adult" book. Also, "Purple" is out of print, and I
don't know how many libraries have it - although mine and the ones of the
surrounding towns all do.)
Nonfiction: Gibbon, Volume II. This one should be an interesting book because
of the religious controversies.
(There are some biographies on the market, but they are all outrageously
expensive, and I can't find them in any libraries in my state except the
If anyone knows of another book, please let us all know soonest! This must
be either a reasonably priced book currently in the stores, and/or easily
available in public libraries.
If not, I would suggest that after Gibbon II, we go back to the Beginning of
Rome. There are some ancient historians to be read, and a couple of fiction
books on Hannibal, and we could slowly wend our way down to the "Masters of
Rome" series by Colleen McCullough again, which only the earliest members of
our group have discussed here. This series has a lot of fans!
I NEED YOUR INPUT! Thanks!>>